Children at Risk
There are more than one million adults in the United States with a serious mental illness. As many as 70 percent of them lose custody of their children. Child & Family Connections’ groundbreaking solution, SafeTogether, teaches parents how to create a legally binding family plan that ensures a responsible adult is caring for the children in the home. It also provides assurances that the parent is receiving effective and appropriate psychiatric care so the family can return to everyday life.
The SafeTogether Solution
Often, when a parent exhibits symptoms, Child Protective Services investigates the household. Even in the absence of evidence of neglect or abuse, without a competent adult in the home, they are required to remove the children, resettling them in out-of-home placement or foster care.
In fact, psychiatric disabilities are the most frequent disabilities used to terminate parental rights.
In SafeTogether, parents establish an integrated support team of friends, family and health professionals with defined roles and responsibilities. Children who are developmentally appropriate are involved in aspects of the plan design and creation.
Beyond the classroom, each family receives individual coaching sessions to help them implement their plan.
A triggering event—such as a parent feeling unwell or a support team member’s heightened concern—sets the plan into action. As the family’s need changes, so too does the SafeTogether plan.
We can teach parents how to implement just such a plan. For details, please contact us »
We are currently searching for qualified Family Coach Facilitators. To review the job description and submit your resume, please click here »
SafeTogether is funded by The Barra Foundation. Program partners include Community Legal Services, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services, Disability Rights Pennsylvania, and the Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania.